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NYPD Officer Conspired to Cook & Eat Women, Feds Say

MANHATTAN (CN) - A 28-year-old New York City police officer has been charged with conspiring to kidnap, rape, torture, kill, cook and eat "a number of women."

Prosecutors charged Gilberto Valle, who is married and worked in the 26th Precinct, with federal kidnapping conspiracy. He was taken into custody Wednesday.

The FBI says it intercepted emails and instant messages between Valle and co-conspirators in which they discussed "plans to kidnap, rape, torture, kill, cook and eat body parts of a number of women," including one woman identified as "Victim-1" in the complaint.

The following exchange took place between Valle and an unnamed co-conspirator ("CC-1"), according to the complaint:

"CC-1: How big is your oven?

"Valle: Big enough to fit one of these girls if I folded their legs ... The abduction will have to be flawless ... I know all of them ... ['Victim-1'], I can just show up at her home unannounced, it will not alert her, and I can knock her out, wait until dark and kidnap her right out of her home."

Later, they discussed how to cook her, the FBI claims:

"CC-1: It's really hard to dislocate (lock) a jaw. Also, how would we put her over the fire, spitting kills the girl. Have to put her into a kind of cage. What is your favorite cut of meat?

"Valle: I was thinking of tying her body onto some kind of apparatus ... cook her over low heat, keep her alive as long as possible.

"Her days are numbered," Valle later wrote to the co-conspirator, according to the complaint. "I'm glad you're on board. She does look tasty doesn't she?"

A search of Valle's computer unearthed individual files on at least 100 women, including their first and last names and photographs, the complaint says.

The FBI says it identified and interviewed 10 of the profiled women, each of whom said she knew Valle. Valle's computer also contained personal information about some of the women, including addresses and physical descriptions, according to the complaint.

One document, titled "Abducting and Cooking [Victim-1]: a Blueprint," contained the victim's name, date of birth, height, weight and bra size, and a list of "materials needed," including a car, chloroform and rope, the FBI claims.

Days after discussing her demise online, Valle met Victim-1 "at a restaurant for lunch" on July 22, according to the FBI.

Valle is accused of using federal and state law enforcement databases to locate potential victims and stake out their homes and workplaces. He also researched methods of disabling and drugging women, and agreed to kidnap a woman for another co-conspirator for $5,000, the FBI claims.

In that online exchange, Valle told the second co-conspirator ("CC-2") that he could take no less than $5,000 for kidnapping the woman because he was "aspiring to be a professional kidnapper and that's business," the complaint states.

"Valle: It is going to be so hard to restrain myself when I knock her out ... But I will really get off on knocking her out, tying up her hands and bare feet and gagging her. Then she will be stuffed into a large piece of luggage and wheeled out to my van.

"CC-2: just make sure she doesn't die before I get her.

"Valle: No need to worry. She will be alive. It's a short drive to you. I think I would rather not get involved in the rape. You paid for her. She is all yours and I don't want to be tempted the next time I abduct a girl."

He then refused to lower his price, according to the complaint: "Like I said this is very risky and will ruin my life if I am caught."

Valle is expected to appear in Federal Court in Manhattan on Thursday afternoon.

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